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Liverpool loanee Ejaria switches from England to Nigeria’s Super Eagles

The 22-year-old midfielder is ready to play for the three-time African champions after playing for England’s youth teams in the last few years

On-loan Liverpool midfielder Ovie Ejaria has switched his international allegiance from England to Nigeria.

Ejaria was born to Nigerian parents in London and went on to develop his game in the Arsenal academy for nine years before joining Liverpool as a 16-year-old.

The midfielder previously trained with the Nigeria U17 team in 2013 before making his debut appearance for the England U20 side in October 2016.

He was part of the Young Lions‘ set-up that won the 2017 Fifa U20 World Cup in South Korea, and he later proceeded to the U21 team in 2018.

“He has dumped England for Nigeria but the paperwork is still ongoing with Fifa,” a top NFF official told Goal.

The 22-year-old is believed to have submitted relevant paperwork to Fifa to confirm the change of his nationality, and he plans to renew his Nigerian passport.

He left Liverpool in January 2019 to join Championship side Reading on an initial six-month loan before extending his stay for the entire 2019-20 campaign with the option of a permanent move.

Ejaria was a regular fixture at Reading this season, making 32 appearances with three goals and four assists to his name in the Championship.

Last December, Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr denied comparing Ejaria with QPR playmaker Eberechi Eze who is also being courted by the three-time African champions.

“My attention has been drawn to some statements online that I have described Reading FC player Ovie Ejaria as a better player than Queens Park Rangers‘ Ebere Eze and so the NFF should get him in the team immediately,” he said.

“This is totally false and very disrespectful to both players. I never compare players and I have not asked the NFF to make any approach for the player in question.

“I will never ask the NFF publicly to approach any player for our team. We have our processes and it certainly doesn’t include sharing such information publicly.”

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